Interested in a career in accounting, financial management, banking or business analytics? The Bachelor of Commerce is a flexible program for anyone interested in exploring opportunities in a wide range of commercial environments.

  • The Bachelor of Commerce is designed to develop your business acumen, financial literacy, and analytical skills. You'll be prepared for a career in fields including accounting, financial management, banking and information systems.
  • Choose to study either one or two majors. You need to choose a major from your second year of study. Majors are optional – if you prefer, you can study a mix of courses. For details, see the Majors tab.
  • Complete a range of compulsory courses that cover concepts relevant across financial services sector. You'll study topics including accounting, information systems, economics, business law, management and more.
  • Graduate with a combination of core and specialist knowledge, along with sharp analytical and technical skills. You'll be ready to adapt to ever-changing commercial environments and be in high demand with employers.

The Bachelor of Commerce will set you up for a thriving career in finance.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ Business School was the first business school in Australia to be accredited by the pre-eminent ranking bodies AACSB International and EQUIS. UQ was also ranked 39th in the world for accounting and finance in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Teaching staff

    World-leading academics

    UQ Business School is home to some of the most innovative educators in Australia, who are bound to challenge your thinking. Many also work in consultancy for leading companies, agencies and organisations to help them address the challenges they face.

  • Alumni
    “The commerce degree gave me a great theoretical understanding and exposure to essential business concepts including accounting, finance and statistics - those skills have been incredibly useful in my career.” Michael Fox, BCom graduate (2001)
    CEO and Co-Founder of Shoes of Prey
  • Alumni
    “The commerce degree was an excellent all-round basis for my career, which has evolved from analysing efficiencies of chocolate making, to ensuring strict controls in petroleum exploration, to reviewing the failure of a Sino-Australian joint venture, to reporting on business stories to a global audience." Cheng Lei, BCom graduate (1995)

Majors for this program

There are 3 majors available in the Bachelor of Commerce.

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Commerce typically work for companies, agencies and organisations across the private and public sectors, both in Australia and internationally.

Our graduates have found careers in:

  • Accounting firms offering specialised or full accounting services, business analysis, risk analysis, and management consulting
  • Financial investment advisory/stockbroking firms and merchant banks
  • ICT business or systems analysis firms
  • Government departments and agencies concerned with economic policy, public accounting, auditing or taxation
  • Multinational corporations and small to medium local businesses
  • Utility and transport providers and industry associations.

Specific roles largely depend on a graduate's majors, but the program provides significant flexibility. 

Other graduates choose to further their research ambitions and enrol in an honours year, where they develop their research and analytical skills and make contributions to knowledge.

  • Professional experience

    Give back and grow your network

    The Community Engagement Program (CEP) gives you opportunities to work on real-life projects with not-for-profit and community organisations. In small groups, you'll apply your classroom knowledge and experience, and develop your leadership and networking skills.

  • Students
    “I’ve been fortunate enough to take on two investment banking internships, which have been rewarding, challenging and invaluable experiences that gave me a better idea of what form my career path may take.” Daniel Mouat, BCom / BEcon graduate (2015), current honours student
  • Research

    Work closely with experts

    UQ Business School is associated with the Australian Institute of Business and Economics (AIBE), which seeks to establish UQ as the leading provider of business and economic research in Australia, and link UQ academics with industry. 

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more
  • Alumni
    "My commerce degree gave me a broad range of insights... This knowledge platform and my subsequent work experience has given me a deep understanding of how organisations work, and how they should work if they are to succeed." Luton White, BCom graduate (1986)
    Head of Finance and Company Secretary, Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Professional experience

    Link up with industry and the profession

    The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law's award-winning Student Employability Team (SET) helps students develop their careers with a range of professional opportunities. These include internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.


  • Program code
  • 711001
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Entry requirements


Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English, Mathematics B.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Commerce are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Commerce. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • Australian Computer Society
  • Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Chartered Secretaries Australia Limited
  • Certified Practising Accountants Australia
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Institute of Public Accountants

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Bachelor of Commerce:

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Commerce have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Courses and Programs


The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Commerce.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.


If you're an aspiring accountant – this is the major for you. It's also the major for anyone who wants to embark on a career in the corporate, government or not-for-profit sectors, as it provides a solid foundation for financial decision-making. As a student in the Accounting major, you'll study courses that enhance your financial and accounting acumen and develop your knowledge of accounting processes, income tax, and corporation laws. You'll also build skills in decision making and control as well as auditing, analysis and reporting. When you follow study plans covering the necessary prerequisites and subsequent courses, you can also apply for associate membership of key professional bodies upon graduation, including CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Accounting major typically find careers as accountants or advisors in accounting firms, public and private corporations, management and consulting firms, small businesses, banks and other financial institutions, government departments and not-for-profit organisations.

Business Information Systems

The Business and Information Systems major focuses on technologies and systems that support business processes and management. Information systems are used by managers to inform their decision-making and allow for effective and efficient commercial operations. As a student in the Business Information Systems major, you'll learn about the analysis of business operations and information requirements, design and management of core information systems and learn principles of business process improvement.

Career outcomes

All modern organisations rely on information systems. The Business Information Systems major therefore offers opportunities for careers in varied fields, including accounting, advisory, finance and banking, infrastructure, public utilities, management consulting, information systems, technology, and government agencies.


Finance is a high-flying and fast-paced field that provides graduates career opportunities locally and internationally. As a student in the Finance major, you'll undertake courses in financial management, portfolio management, derivatives and risk management as well as banking. The courses in this major build your financial acumen and move you to the front of the line for career opportunities in banking and finance, investment and portfolio management, corporate finance, risk assessment and business analysis.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Finance major typically find careers in banking, stockbroking, management consulting, financial advising and planning, corporate finance, commercial management, private and public corporations and government departments.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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